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Nokia Lumia 520 8GB Unlocked GSM Windows 8 OS Cell Phone – Black


Nokia has revealed the new Lumia 520, a device that’s made to bring the Windows Phone 8 experience to the world along with the Nokia Pure design experience at an extremely low price point. The Nokia Lumia 520 Windows Phone 8 smartphone delivers experiences normally only found in high-end smartphones, such as the same digital camera lenses found on the Nokia Lumia 920, Nokia Music for free music out of the box and even offline, and the HERE location suite.

$ 92.00


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  1. 105 of 112 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Really, really nice phone, December 28, 2013
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    David

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    This review is from: Nokia Lumia 520 8GB Unlocked GSM Windows 8 OS Cell Phone – Black (Electronics)
    I really like this phone. And I’m very much liking the Windows Phone OS. I’ve used Android for years, but this is just so clean and solid. Lots of the apps I was using on Android are available on WinPhone OS now, and the Nokia apps like maps and Driving aid are excellent (like you can download maps by state or country to have offline — makes the data streaming much lighter). Also some new apps just showed up (like Microsoft solitaire) that completed stuff I was looking for. Nokia also has upgraded their suit of apps, and the new camera beta is really powerful. Hard to believe you get all this for such a good price. Did I mention the replaceable battery, or the microSD card slot for storing pictures, videos, and music? Even has an FM radio built in — not an Internet one (which it can do too), but a real radio, which is just cool. Also saves on data streaming if there’s a radio nearby you like to listen to. (BTW, I got an unlocked one because I don’t use ATT and I travel to Asia a lot. It was just as advertised. I believe it came from Malaysia as the system languages out-of-the-box were English, Chinese, and Malay. But it is easy to add other system languages to this WinPhone. I did it.

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  2. 56 of 62 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Price; performance; SD card. A terrific value., November 6, 2013
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    This review is from: Nokia Lumia 520 8GB Unlocked GSM Windows 8 OS Cell Phone – Black (Electronics)
    I got an unlocked Nokia 520 for $150 from Hasslefree Cell via Amazon. It arrived quickly and in perfect condition. I’ve bought a few apps from the MS App Store and have learned some things that may help others now, so I’ll discuss them briefly.

    I wanted a basic phone with media player capabilities, at low cost. I have all “connectedness” turned off and can’t comment on the Facebook etc apps, nor on the maps and GPS. I installed a 32GB SD card because I wasn’t sure how well it all would work. Now I wish I’d gotten 64GB. I have WiFi ‘on’ only when I’m downloading apps, which works well.

    I bought YXPlayer for $5, ignoring the negative comments in the MS App Store. Sadly, it has no support (forum dead for months) and there seems to be no alternative. BUT reading from the SD, this app smoothly plays all FLVs, AVIs and MKVs I’ve tried, including 720p and 1080p using x264 encoding. YXPlayer also handles my FLAC lossless music files, and MP3s. So I believe it will handle all the formats the vendor claims. Note that MP3s must be renamed to .RM to play from the SD card. You might also have to rename MP4s. All these files can be in subfolders on the SD. I was worried that the 4″ screen would be too small to enjoy films, but it’s just big enough. This is great: personal theater in the palm of your hand. My only complaints with YXPlayer are that the dragbar (to move within a film or long audio file) is flaky; and the app will not advance to the next track (music or video) under any conditions. So you must manually start each song. That’s pretty bad, and unlikely to be fixed at this point.

    Of course the 520’s bundled music player will play MP3s directly, but still without a dragbar, and space on the phone is limited. If you use that app you’ll want to properly tag the files (Artist, Album, Track Name) so the player can sort them out.

    I bought Fiction Book Reader for $1. This reads .MOBI and .EPUB books just fine. To use it, first put the book files on the root (not in a subfolder) of the SD card. Then use the down-arrow button within FBR to import the file into FBR’s workspace in the phone’s memory.

    Most reviews of the 520 oddly omit the MS Office (Word, Excel, and Powerpoint) tools that come with the phone! With these you can view existing documents and make detail changes eg to cell values. I find this amazing on such a tiny device. HOWEVER, in true Microsoft fashion, access to these powerful apps is crippled. You cannot open documents you’ve loaded via USB or the SD card! You can only open files from email or from SkyDrive. Still, the capability is there and very impressive.

    I have screen brightness turned all the way up, which seemed essential for movies but would not otherwise be needed. Battery life under these conditions is probably about 4 hrs of video, but I’m only guessing.

    Overall the Nokia 520 represents amazing value; probably unbeatable if your needs are as limited as mine. Consider that an unlocked Nokia 1520 is five times the price! That has a better quality, 6″ screen, a better toy camera, and twice the raw performance – but performance isn’t an issue with the 520; everything responds quickly and smoothly. The main limitations are inherent with Windows Phone 8, not the 520. I love it so far.

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  3. 33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    unlocked smartphone for half the price, January 10, 2014
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    Andre

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    This review is from: Nokia Lumia 520 8GB Unlocked GSM Windows 8 OS Cell Phone – Black (Electronics)
    PROS: +unlocked smartphone for less than $150, +AGPS+maps, +office suite, +OneNote app, +email clients, +data usage limit monitor/cutoff background app, +many 2G/3G/4G bands +3.5 mm audio jack. CONS: -single volume setting for ringtone and music (WP8.0 GDR2). * * This phone is small size so it fits pants pocket easily together with wallet or even keys. Downside of course that screen is 4 inch with 480×800 resolution which is not that fantastic for productivity. The phone case is some sort of mix between rubber and plastic. This phone might .. maybe .. perhaps .. survive some smaller drops without a extra protective case which is rare in the smartphone category. I appreciated the easy plugin of 3.5 mm computer stereo headphones. Sound recording in OneNote using phone own microphone and playback through headset worked. Having top notch maps and navigation download for free with the phone price is definitely added value. Lumia 520 does not have front facing camera. Skype video is possible but other party will see backside camera view. Having 2 mirrors would substitute for missing front cam, but doubt anybody would bother 🙂 JAN-31-2014: WP8 OS update GDR3 available, matching firmware: Lumia Black. ** UPDATE: 9/2012: battery level became always LOW after 6 months of use, first accidental drop from 3 feet height = survived the impact!

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